A beautiful smile is more than just straight, white teeth. Your gums play a huge supporting role in the appearance of your smile. For patients who think their teeth look too short, or have uneven gum tissue or a “gummy” smile, a laser gum lift may be right for you. But what does this cosmetic procedure entail? Here’s what you need to know about a gum lift.

Today’s gum lift, also known as a gingivectomy, isn’t the painful procedure of the past. Previous gum lift procedures involved removing tissue with a scalpel. Instead, Dr. Konig uses laser technology to ablate tissue painlessly and effectively.

Your gums will be in better proportion to your teeth after the procedure. Some people have “gummy” smiles where the gum tissue extends down over the enamel, making teeth look shorter than they actually are. The laser tool removes gum tissue to expose more enamel and make your gum line more symmetrical and even, but Dr. Konig makes sure he doesn’t remove too much tissue as it can expose the roots of the teeth.

It usually takes only one procedure at our state-of-the-art office in Houston. Dr. Konig utilizes the latest technology to increase comfort and quality. A mild local anesthetic is usually all that’s needed to prevent discomfort.

Recovery only takes a few days as gums heal quickly. Your gums may feel tender for several days after the procedure, but you can take over-the-counter medications for relief of any soreness.

A gum lift can be done in combination with other treatments such as veneers and crowns. This treatment can enhance other procedures to help you achieve the look you desire.

A gum lift can also be performed to treat inflammation around the teeth. With periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth and pockets become infected. This can actually lead to tooth and gum loss and some of your jawbone.

Attention to detail is key when it comes to a laser gum lift. To learn more about this procedure and how it can improve your smile, call our office at 713-425-1302 today and schedule a comprehensive consultation.

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